Sam Ahn is a disruptor and innovator in global K-12 education. He holds two master’s degrees in education and technology and currently pursuing a doctorate in Instructional Technology and Media at Columbia University. His research includes using game mechanics and dynamics to increase learner engagement and motivation.
Sam is also an entrepreneur and he has worked with various global education and technology companies from multiple countries. Sam enjoys using human-centered design to design learning experiences that are highly immersive and experiential. His teachings include Digital Marketing, Game Design, Hospitality & Entertainment Management, Finance & Investment, and Introduction to Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship for middle to high school students.
He currently is working to launch an app that connects students and parents with mentors, educators, educational consultants, and schools based on interest and profile. This includes many educational and career-related events online and around the world.
What I Do
Throughout the year, I've learned so much from the faculty members, who have consistently inspired me to push myself and look at issues from different perspectives. This experience has opened my eyes to the wonderful world of technology, entrepreneurship, and leadership as something I might want to pursue later in life!
Highly appreciate this initiative. I loved the global-ness in this event; connecting with real students and faculty from different countries really opened my eyes and reminded me how big the world is. The speakers were very inspiring too!
I feel like my creative ability has increased after learning and meeting new people and the social connections I can now make with different groups of people have also increased because of how different the people here are and how different and unorthodox the thinking is at this program.
I learned significantly about things beyond technology and digital works, such as business, startup companies, pitching, design thinking, etc. which were the most interesting and new to me. I think the most important thing I learned was just the opportunities that are available out there even for students like me, and I especially appreciate the way this program inspired and challenged me to get out of my comfort zone and try to understand different areas in life and jobs, etc.